Movie Spotlight: Baby Driver

Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!

The story…

When he was a child, a car accident killed Baby’s parents and left him with tinnitus, which he blocks out by listening to music. He ferries crews of robbers assembled by Doc, a heist mastermind, to pay off a debt he incurred after stealing one of Doc’s cars. Between jobs, he creates remixes from snippets of conversations he records and cares for his deaf foster father Joseph. At a diner, he meets a waitress, Debora, and they start dating.

Baby’s next robbery goes terribly wrong after an armed bystander chases them down. Having paid his debt, Baby quits his life of crime and starts delivering pizzas. While Baby is on a date with Debora, Doc insists he joins a heist at a post office, threatening to hurt Debora and Joseph if he refuses.

So, what makes this film so great?

Baby Driver is great for many reasons. Not only is it the sort of action film we seldom see these days, it brings with it one hell of a soundtrack. The usage of music in this film to tell the story and put emphasis on events is brilliant. Baby Driver isn’t just about a young man finding love and trying to escape a life of crime, it’s a trip into the primal, adventurous side inside all of us and a trip like that has to have the correct backtrack, ya dig?

This film features some of the best car stunts I’ve ever seen on film and manages to not be one of those ‘car movies’ while still pulling it all off. The film offers fast-paced vehicular action without bombarding you with useless car facts or you having to know a single thing about cars. You know, things that the average moviegoer (like me) doesn’t care about. I never really cared what kind of car it was on screen or how fast it goes. It’s pretty and it goes vroom, get to it. It’s like going to see a Star Wars film and not having to understand the entire history of the universe to be able to enjoy it. It’s a breath of fresh air. Baby Driver is what it is, it’s a car movie but at the same time, it’s a love story and an action flick. It’s not every day you find a gem like this.

The characters in this film range from severely annoying to severely likable and you’re often finding yourself first liking, then hating and then liking…and then hating a character. This little flip happens quite a few times during the course of the film and it all builds up to one hell of an ending. The guy you never see coming is the villain in the end and… I dare not say more, you have to see it yourself.

It’s not that typical, happy ever after ending either. Okay, well, technically it is but Baby does not just magically get away with all the shit he was involved with because it was convenient for the writer. He pays for his crimes and every choice he makes throughout the film has consequence. It’s very well written and plays out like I hoped many other films would.

I cannot place enough emphasis on this, watch this movie, you won’t be sorry.

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